PhDs in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Environmental studies cover a wide interdisciplinary area, which investigates how the natural world works and how humans interact with it. This area of study approaches present environmental issues such as pollution, global climate change and depletion of natural resources. Environmental sciences try to find sustainable ways to maintain or improve the integrity of the natural environment.
Earth sciences deal with the study of our planet, its material structure, atmosphere and physical characteristics. Specialised fields of the discipline include geology, meteorology, oceanography and even astronomy.
Both environmental studies and earth sciences integrate knowledge of physics and biochemistry to study environmental systems, study the history of earth and its constant changes, and try to find solutions for pressing environmental issues. Sub-disciplines of environmental studies and earth sciences include toxicology, biodiversity and conservation, soil science and environmental management. Environmental studies also incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment.
Environmental and earth scientists perform experiments and take accurate measurements related to how the earth’s characteristics and environmental issues evolve and change. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, weather changes, natural hazard prediction, alternative energy systems research, natural resource management and more.
Graduates find work in government agencies, non-profit organisations or environmental consulting agencies. Careers in the field range from hydrologist, geographer or seismologist, to environmental compliance inspector, climate change analyst and emergency management specialist.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

Mountain Environment and Agriculture PhD Mountain Environment and Agriculture
  • Nov 2016
  • Not specified
  • 36 months

The Ph.D. program is focused on the study of mountain environments and on the management of mountain ecosystems. The research topics involve activities in the areas of: management biotic and abiotic resources, energetic efficiency in agro-forestry processes, climate change, renewable energies, quality of products.

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Development Studies PhD Development Studies
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 4,000 per year
  • International € 4,000 per year
  • 36 months

Scientific research carried out at ISEG has been classified as Excellent or Very Good by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and this research plays an important role in the Development Studies programme, which is run between several ISEG research centres: Economics; Sociology, Human Geography, Political Science and Economics; Social and Economic History; Cooperation and Development, especially in Portuguese-speaking countries in the context of African, Asian and Latin American economics.

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Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia Ph. D. Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia
  • Any time
  • EEA € 2,750 per year
  • International € 2,750 per year
  • Not specified

O modelo de formação integrada em engenharia e economia, oferecido por uma joint venture entre o Instituto Superior Técnico e o Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, distingue-se pela estimulação da formação de estudantes no sentido de criar novos líderes capazes de desenvolver e implementar estratégias inovadoras em situações reais de desenvolvimento de Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia.O currículo do Programa Doutoral em SSE possibilita estas vantagens competitivas através de actividades curriculares e investigação rigorosas, delineadas por um corpo docente de nível internacional, incluindo a participação do Massachussets Institute of Technology, no âmbito do Programa MIT-Portugal, bem como pela introdução de métodos de aprendizagem inovadores.

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Environmental Sciences and Policy PhD Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • International € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral program provides an exceptional opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world. Our graduates emerge from the program with an understanding of diverse approaches to environmental problems, extensive practical research experience, professional networks, analytical and practical thinking skills, and both the commitment and capacity for addressing environmental challenges.

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Structural Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering PhD Structural Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Nov 2016
  • EEA € 1,500 per year
  • International € 1,500 per year
  • 36 months

Structural, Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering encompasses different areas, from constructions and construction materials to bio-materials and bio-structures, from engineering seismology and earthquake-resistant structures to structural dynamics, from computational mechanics to geotechnical engineering and environmental actions.

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University of Bristol

PhD Earth Sciences (PhD)
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 36 months

The School of Earth Sciences has strong international links, and the presence of researchers from all over the world makes for an exciting and stimulating environment. Research involves the full breadth of the earth sciences and has benefited from major investment in new laboratories and equipment in the past few years. Important initiatives include experimental and theoretical studies of physical, chemical and biological processes of the Earth.

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University of Zurich

PhD Geography/Earth System Sciences
  • Any time
  • EEA € 144 per semester
  • International € 144 per semester
  • 48 months

At the centre of the doctoral programme "Zurich Graduate School in Geography" is a written dissertation describing an original, independent scientific research project. Typically, these projects are completed in 3 to 4 years (full-time).

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Stanford University

PhD Earth System Science
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • Not specified

The objectives of the doctoral program are to enable students to develop the skills needed to conduct original investigations in environmental and Earth system sciences, to interpret the results, and to present the data and conclusions in a publishable manner. We also intend that our graduates obtain strong communication skills and leadership skills, with the ability to teach and communicate effectively with the public.

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University of Nova Gorica

PhD Environmental Sciences (Third Level)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 4,000 per year
  • International € 4,000 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral study programme ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES lasts three years and represents the transformation of existent direct doctoral programme, which was offered at the University of Nova Gorica since the academic year 1995/1996. Successfully completed study programme leads to the title “ Doktor znanosti” (equivalent to Doctor of Science). The courses are held in English language.

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University of Cambridge

PhD Antarctic Studies
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA £ 7,362 per year
  • International £ 23,889 per year
  • 36 months

The British Antarctic Survey is one of the world's leading environmental research centres and is responsible for the UK's national scientific activities in Antarctica. We are part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and provide a national capability for Antarctic science and logistics, carry out scientific research, long term observations and surveys that cannot be done by anyone else in the UK.

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Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus

PhD Sustainability
  • Jan 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Jun 2016
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 5,200 per year
  • International € 12,070 per year
  • 36 months

Our research is focused around personal motivations and systems change set against the challenges of sustainability. Our core research question is how does the system influence the individual, and how does the individual influence the system?

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